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Choral "Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern", Krebs-WV 552
Johann Ludwig Krebs, Christophe Guida
04:43
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Happy New Year
ABBA
04:23
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Adeste Fideles - 1936 Single Version
Bing Crosby
03:19
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Messiah, HWV 56 / Pt. 1: 6. Chorus: And He shall purify the sons of Levi
George Frideric Handel, The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
02:17
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Go Tell It On the Mountain
LaShun Pace
04:22
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Oratorio de Noël: Benedictus
Camille Saint-Saëns, Sandrine Piau, Aurélie Saraf, Johann Weisser, Daniel Maurer
03:00
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Happy New Year - 2006 Digital Remaster
Judy Garland
03:12
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It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas - New Version [2018 Remaster]
Pet Shop Boys
03:49
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Jesu, nun sei gepreiset (Chorus)
Johann Sebastian Bach, Ruth Holton, Charles Humphries, James Gilchrist, Peter Harvey, The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
07:39
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Balet comique de la Royne: Danses françaises de Terpsichore
Lambert de Beaulieu, Ensemble Elyma, Gabriel Garrido
09:21
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Winter Wonderland - Single Version
Louis Armstrong
03:01
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"Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm", BWV 171: I. "Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm" (Chorus)
Johann Sebastian Bach, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Ton Koopman
01:48
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Blue Christmas - with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Elvis Presley, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
02:09
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Messiah, HWV 56, Part I: "For unto us a child is born"
George Frideric Handel, Les Arts Florissants, William Christie
03:45
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Santa Baby
Eartha Kitt
03:26
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Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm, BWV 171: Aria: Herr, so weit die Wolken gehen (Tenor)
Johann Sebastian Bach, Rachel Nicholls, Robin Blaze, Gerd Türk, Peter Kooij, Bach Collegium Japan Chorus, Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
03:55
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West Side Story: Act I: Something's Coming
Leonard Bernstein, Jim Bryant, Johnny Green, West Side Story Orchestra
02:32
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Choral "Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her", Krebs-WV 545
Johann Ludwig Krebs, Christophe Guida
02:13
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I Need Somebody To Love Tonight
Sylvester
06:51
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Act II: Finale
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, David Zinman, New York City Ballet Orchestra
04:47
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All over the World
Pet Shop Boys
03:50
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Chinatown: 13th Downtown
Dragon Dance
03:16
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Hemisphere
Ryuichi Sakamoto
05:23
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You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
Sylvester
06:40
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Gottlob! Nun geht das Jahr zu Ende, BWV 28: Aria: Gott hat uns im heurigen Jahre gesegnet (Alto, Tenor)
Johann Sebastian Bach, Joanne Lunn, Daniel Taylor, James Gilchrist, Peter Harvey, The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
02:20
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The Little Drummer Boy
Stevie Wonder
03:05
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Les Démons De Minuit
Images
03:51
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Pomp And Circumstance March No 1
Edward Elgar, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philip Ellis
05:34

A New Year Is Coming

Disco, gospel, Bach, Chinese groove, a splash of the organ and a twist of New Year groove for this very eclectic end-of-year cocktail.

The year’s end is all about light – light that goes out and the light that reappears as the Earth leaps back from the bottom of its ellipsis towards the sun. Ever since humans became self-aware this change has been marked as a rebirth and the signal of the New Year. Since Julius Caesar the New Year has fallen in January, at Christmas for Christians, and is celebrated in February in much of Asia. At the behest of Catherine de Medici the New Year has fallen on 1st January since 1564. It is for that reason that you will find Ballet de la Royne on this playlist, to which one of the first New Year’s Eve celebrations was dedicated.

Let’s begin with morning light, starting with the fingers of Christophe Guida – France’s latest organ star – playing two chorales by Krebs, Bach’s favourite pupil. I have paired them with a few cantatas intended to celebrate the New Year, and of course not forgetting Handel’s Messiah. Bach, a fervent Lutheran, gave people back the joy of choral hymn singing. This legacy returned to us three centuries later in the America of gospel music and Christmas crooners.  Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, and Stevie Wonder are still the greats.

New Year’s Eve, snow and bubbles, drinking allowed, hugs recommended. It’s time to disco and party with the Pet Shop Boys, Bernstein, Armstrong and many other happy few. So happy New Year as we burst into the new light!

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